PRINCE GEORGE – The B.C. Coroners Service has announced it will hold a public inquest into the death of Blaine Conrad Sargent.

Mr. Sargent, aged 19, died at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia on Sept. 21, 2011. He had been taken to hospital after going into medical distress at the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre a short time after returning from a court appearance in Williams Lake.

Presiding coroner Donita Kuzma and a jury will hear evidence from subpoenaed witnesses to determine the facts surrounding this death. While the jury may not, by law, make any findings of legal responsibility, it will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future.

An inquest is a formal process that allows for public presentation of evidence relating to a death. A date and place for the inquest will be announced once these have been confirmed.